Course Title: Human Structure and Function 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Structure and Function 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Michelle Rank

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7661

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.035

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment (email/phone)

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed the following courses before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

Course Description

The course will continue to lay the foundation for further studies of more advanced or more career-specific anatomical and physiological information encountered in later years of the following programs: Medical Radiations (e.g. Medical Imaging) Exercise and Sport Science and Health and Physical Education (e.g. Kinesiology; Exercise Physiology).

In broad terms the course covers the structure and function of:

  • The Central Nervous System and Cranial nerves
  • The organs of hearing, balance and vision
  • The Cardiovascular System (including immunity)
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Urinary System
  • The male and female Reproductive Systems

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Radiations (BP148):

  • Understanding anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology as visualized in medical images

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Health and Physical Education (BP041):

  • Development of content knowledge and how to teach it

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Exercise and Sport Science (BP296):

  • Apply knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of Exercise and Sports Science

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Accurately apply anatomical terminology in discussing the positions and relations of major organ systems and their components.
  2. Integrate knowledge of the functions of each of the systems studied.
  3. Identify the major structures of the brain and spinal cord and assign major functions to components.
  4. Describe the general structure of ascending and descending tracts within the central nervous system and be able to integrate this information with the structure and distribution of spinal and peripheral nerves in general.
  5. Describe the anatomy and physiology of major visceral organ systems including cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine and reproductive.
  6. Describe the anatomy of the kidneys and explain how they operate in controlling the concentrations of major ions and water and regulating blood pressure.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be involved in learning activities that include self-directed study (specifically associated with anatomy practical sessions - see below); structured theoretical and practical components employing face-face lecture and practical sessions; access to on-line resources that supplement formal sessions and also provide on-going formative assessment. 

The practical program consists predominantly of the study of gross anatomy that is designed to both reinforce the theoretical component, as well as develop observational skills.

You will also be provided with Self-Directed Study (SDS) periods in the anatomy labs during which time students can revise with a tutor present (up to 4 hours per week). The anatomy museum will be available throughout the week for private study. Students are strongly advised to take advantage of both of these opportunities on a consistent basis.

Online formative quizzes will be available for review and self- assessment. Students can practice and self-assess by taking quizzes on the various broad topics covered in lectures before electing to take a test over the same material which will be used as part of the overall assessment for the course. Final practical and theory exams are also components of this course.

Students will also be progressively assessed through timed practical tests and Midsemester Tests. These should be seen as not only stimuli to study but also as very effective means of assessing progress and providing feedback.

You will have 5 hours per week allocated to formal face-to-face study (lectures and practicals).In addition, there will be “open” laboratory sessions available (SDS: self-directed-study) for revision. The estimated mean hourly study load for this subject beyond the assigned lectures and lab sessions is ~5 hours per week (including at least 2 hours of SDS laboratory work).

Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to:

  • an anatomy laboratory for study of preserved human materials, plastinated specimens and  models for formal sessions and self-directed study periods.
  • an anatomy museum  providing access to human specimens and models for private study with extensive access (generally daily).
  • Course text book available through the campus bookshop.
  • Recorded lectures provided on the Course Blackboard site
  • Formative online quizzes available on RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Laboratory Practical Tests 

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Mid-semester Theory Test

Weighting 15%

This assessment tasks supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory Practical Test

Weighting 15% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 4: Final Practical Exam

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 5: Final Theory Exam

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6